Children’s Safety and Possible Health Risks with Toys that Contain Phthalates

Published: 22 November 2006
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

More and more reports have surfaced lately linking phthalates, chemicals found in plastic products, to reproductive dysfunction and other ailments. Some reports claim that phthalates can leach from plastic packaging into foods and beverages, altering their original compositions. In addition to reports by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press further comments on the battle between consumer health advocates and children’s toy manufacturers in the fight to make playthings safe. According to this article, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported almost “73,000 children under the age of 5 were sent to emergency rooms for toy-related injuries” last year. The article cites small toys, lead, and toys containing toxic chemicals, such as phthalates, as items with potential hazards to children. The Press further notes that consumers should pay extra attention to allegedly “phthalate-free labels,” as some of such labeling may be inaccurate.

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